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Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL9

Portability
88
Imaging
52
Features
72
Overall
60
Olympus PEN E-PL5 front
 
Olympus PEN E-PL9 front
Portability
85
Imaging
56
Features
78
Overall
64

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL9 Key Specs

Olympus E-PL5
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 325g - 111 x 64 x 38mm
  • Revealed September 2012
Olympus E-PL9
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - Four Thirds Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 6400 (Raise to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Micro Four Thirds Mount
  • 380g - 117 x 68 x 39mm
  • Released February 2018
  • Previous Model is Olympus E-PL8
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL9 Overview

Its time to look a bit more in depth at the Olympus E-PL5 versus Olympus E-PL9, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and they are both built by Olympus. The image resolution of the E-PL5 (16MP) and the E-PL9 (16MP) is pretty comparable and they feature the exact same sensor sizing (Four Thirds).

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The E-PL5 was revealed 6 years earlier than the E-PL9 which is a fairly sizable gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going through a in-depth comparison, below is a simple view of how the E-PL5 scores against the E-PL9 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL5 over the Olympus E-PL9

 E-PL5 E-PL9 
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Reasons to pick Olympus E-PL9 over the Olympus E-PL5

 E-PL9 E-PL5 
ReleasedFebruary 2018September 2012Newer by 65 months
Screen resolution1040k460kSharper screen (+580k dot)

Common features in the Olympus E-PL5 and Olympus E-PL9

 E-PL5 E-PL9 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL9 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to travel with your camera, you're going to have to take into account its weight and dimensions. The Olympus E-PL5 features outer dimensions of 111mm x 64mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") with a weight of 325 grams (0.72 lbs) whilst the Olympus E-PL9 has dimensions of 117mm x 68mm x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 380 grams (0.84 lbs).

Analyze the Olympus E-PL5 versus Olympus E-PL9 in the new Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have attached during that time. Following is the front view dimension comparison of the E-PL5 compared to the E-PL9.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL9 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability rating of the E-PL5 and E-PL9 is 88 and 85 respectively.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL9 top view buttons comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL9 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be difficult to see the contrast in sensor dimensions simply by seeing specs. The pic underneath will give you a more clear sense of the sensor sizes in the E-PL5 and E-PL9.

As you can plainly see, both of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements and the same exact resolution and you should expect comparable quality of files although you may want to factor the release date of the cameras into account. The more aged E-PL5 will be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor tech.

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL9 sensor size comparison

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL9 Screen and ViewFinder

Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL9 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL5
Portrait photography with Olympus E-PL9
71
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
73
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Street photography features
Olympus E-PL9 Street photography features
85
has a tilting screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW formats
features touch focus
above average high ISO (25,600)
84
tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
has focus by touch
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Sports Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Sports photography details
Olympus E-PL9 Sports photography details
66
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
supports tracking focus
doesn't have phase detect AF
69
quiet shutter (1/16,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
offers tracking autofocus
no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Travel photography features
Olympus E-PL9 Travel photography features
75
features touch focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
77
has bluetooth
has focus by touch
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
has built in flash
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL5
Landscape photography with Olympus E-PL9
74
focusing manually
change lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (Four Thirds)
above average high ISO (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
80
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Micro Four Thirds mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is nice (Four Thirds)
delivers RAW files
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Vlogging Comparison

Olympus E-PL5 Vlogging information
Olympus E-PL9 Vlogging information
78
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen enabled
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
supports face detect focusing
high quality video (1920 x 1080 resolution)
doesn't have mic socket
35
built-in touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
offers face detection autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
lack of external microphone socket
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Olympus E-PL5 vs Olympus E-PL9 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Olympus E-PL5 and Olympus E-PL9
 Olympus PEN E-PL5Olympus PEN E-PL9
General Information
Company Olympus Olympus
Model Olympus PEN E-PL5 Olympus PEN E-PL9
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2012-09-17 2018-02-08
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip - TruePic VIII
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Four Thirds Four Thirds
Sensor measurements 17.3 x 13mm 17.3 x 13mm
Sensor area 224.9mm² 224.9mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 4:3 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4608 x 3456 4608 x 3456
Max native ISO 25600 6400
Max enhanced ISO - 25600
Minimum native ISO 200 200
RAW images
Minimum enhanced ISO - 100
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 35 121
Lens
Lens mount Micro Four Thirds Micro Four Thirds
Amount of lenses 107 107
Crop factor 2.1 2.1
Screen
Type of display Tilting Tilting
Display sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 460k dots 1,040k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Minimum shutter speed 60s 60s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Fastest quiet shutter speed - 1/16000s
Continuous shutter rate 8.0 frames/s 8.6 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 7.00 m (bundled FL-LM1) 7.60 m (at ISO 200)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Fill-in, Slow Sync, Manual (3 levels) Auto, manual, redeye reduction, slow sync w/redeye reduction, slow sync , slow sync 2nd-curtain, fill-in, off
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/250s -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Max video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG MPEG-4, H.264
Microphone port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 325 grams (0.72 pounds) 380 grams (0.84 pounds)
Dimensions 111 x 64 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.5" x 1.5") 117 x 68 x 39mm (4.6" x 2.7" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 72 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.3 not tested
DXO Low light score 889 not tested
Other
Battery life 360 pictures 350 pictures
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model BLS-5 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 12 sec) Yes (2 or 12 secs, custom)
Time lapse feature
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported)
Card slots 1 1
Retail price $400 $599